February, 2008

Office Live Workspace launched last December and just got its first update, what’s new:

  • A new Activity pane to help you keep track of what’s happening in your workspaces and email notifications so you always know when the people you share with make updates. This feature is

Later today we should see the reincarnation of MSN Toolbar in beta form (codename Salsa). Like many older MSN products, it migrated over to the new Windows Live brand early 2007, however as part of the gradual drift back, its been revamped with a new look.

So what’s new …

See, is this so hard?  The Email Support Space blog posts tonight, reporting that “nearly all customers are once again able to sign in”, with some specific information coming for customers who are still unable to login, “once you log in” (ummmm, ahhhh, no, wait – deep …

With Mix08 less than a week away, details of what’s coming are slowly creeping out: details of the IE8 beta, Scott Guthrie has posted details about Silverlight 2.0. And now the Windows Live Platform team is announcing today a series of new and updated features, including …

It made Scoble cry, and soon it can make you cry too. The website for the latest Microsoft Research project, WorldWide Telescope, is now up at http://wwtelescope.com/. Here’s how Robert describes it:

“So, back to the World Wide Telescope. You drag around the sky. There’s Mars. There’s

The Times of London is reporting an admission by Microsoft that problems that surfaced two days ago in signing in to Windows Live services continue for some, in spite of Microsoft’s proclamation that the issue had been resolved.  In a statement to the Times, Microsoft said:

In a

I keep dropping stuff in both the NewsGator Clippings folder and del.icio.us on our MSFT-YHOO page, but since Dare was kind enough to work up a chart I was just thinking about, I thought I would add a few thoughts of my own (as well as a …

I was going to do a short article on how easy it is to extract information and generally mess around with Windows Live Spaces blog posts in your code using LINQ, however due to Microsoft’s lack of sticking to standards, this has become impossible for what I was …

Apparently a fairly widespread disruption in some/all LiveID and Live services has been occuring for a good part of the morning (GMT-8).  We don’t know more at this point except to say Messenger had issues signing in here, as did Windows Live Mail, and currently although I am …

The Windows Mobile Developer Center has been renewed. First of all you’ll notice there are 4 big boxes delivering the latest articles per category:

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Beside those boxes, on the top right, you’ll find “Getting Started with Windows Mobile”. There you will find everything you need to get started …

At the start of the year there was some discussion around whether MSN Premium offered good value for money in light of all these new and free Windows Live services. While we still think its great if you want several ad free accounts, we’ve heard that it could be …

In our conversation with Bill Gates at Mix n Mash last December, Jonathon Snook opened up a can of worms by asking Gates about Microsoft and innovation:

Jonathan Snook: There’s a myth that Microsoft doesn’t innovate. How do you feel that Microsoft can change that attitude?

BILL

Looks like Microsoft is ramping up the teasers for Mix08. Activewin just posted the text from a Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft Connect invitation email.

“Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team! We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it

Yesterday, another one of our favorite but seemingly long lost Windows Live blogs, Inside Windows Live Messenger, posted (first time since Dec. 5, woohoo!) an announcement that version 8.5 of Windows Live Messenger is to be pushed out to anyone who hasn’t upgraded yet, through Windows Update.  …

We just posted on what we had noticed about an increase for SkyDrive storage to 5gb, and we’re pleasantly surprised that the SkyDrive team has just posted on their blog, announcing that indeed, SkyDrive is now at 5gb, that it’s out of beta, and that it is now …

Thanks to tipster (tips*at*liveside*dot*net) Liam, it looks like we’re about to see a significant upgrade to the online storage feature from Windows Live, SkyDrive, to 5gb free:

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We’ve called for an increase in the storage capacity, if only to make a splash in the marketplace, and this …

 

comScore just posted their search share numbers for January 2008 and it’s bad news for Yahoo.  Yahoo took a 0.7% hit, while Google got a small 0.1% bump.  Windows Live remained the same as last month, so there is not much to report there.  Even though Google’s …

New upgrade round, in two phases, coming up:

Phase 1. – For those who still aren’t using Windows Live Messenger 8.5 (Windows XP and Vista, optional upgrade): 

First, everyone running Windows XP or Windows Vista will get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade. When you accept the upgrade,

We can already look at Earth with Virtual Earth, but what about the Sky? Microsoft doesn’t have anything for that yet. Yes, that’s right, YET! This might change on February 27th at the TED Conference in Monterey California:

 Sky

Microsoft To Announce WorldWide Telescope On February 27

A …

On Live in Europe, Brian Groth reported students can get free software development tools:

Over on Channel 8, the video blog for students, Bill Gates just announced free software for students in a program called DreamSpark.

 DreamSpark

DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students …